Ophthalmologists provide care within both public and private health care services, and may work within a variety of clinical settings, including surgical, emergency, outpatients and community care. Ophthalmologists will often work collaboratively with other health professionals, particularly in the case of chronic eye diseases.
5 years full-time (2 years basic training, 2 years advanced training, 1 fellowship year)
College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:
For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RANZCO.
Ophthalmology training is undertaken across three stages - basic, advanced and final year training combining learning strategies based on the College's curriculum standards. The objective of the vocational training program is to produce a specialist ophalmologist who can undertake safe, unsupervised and comprehensive general ophthalmological practice. Further training and experience is required for trainees to develop an area of special interest. Upon completion of all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO).
Applicants must hold full medical registration, citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia and New Zealand and have completed a minimum of 2 years of postgraduate pre-vocational experience including a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in non-ophthalmic medical, clinical and surgical settings within such posts at the commencement of training.
Allowed. Training must be completed within 12 years.
Allowed however if training is interrupted for a period of 3 months or more, reskilling may be required.